Jessica Simpson made an appearance on Katie Couric‘s new talk show Katie this week to debut her post-baby body by Weight Watchers. In the course of her interview, she also shared cute personal photos of her baby daughter Maxwell Drew. One photo in particular, of Maxwell wearing a crocheted bikini, is causing a bit of controversy as some consider the photo to be “inappropriate”. Click below to take a look at the photo in full and see what you think about the alleged inappropriateness of Jessica Simpson‘s bikini-clad infant daughter.
As a singer and actress, she has often posed in skimpy swimwear to boost her celebrity profile. When Jessica Simpson dressed her own four-month-old daughter in a bikini, however, it provoked a furious public backlash. After the 32-year-old American showed a picture of the little girl on US television, critics described it as ‘wrong’ and ‘just awful’. Miss Simpson has also been criticised by British child welfare charity Kidscape for sexualising her baby with the ‘totally inappropriate’ outfit. She displayed the picture of daughter Maxwell during an interview with US TV host Katy Couric on her ABC show. The baby, in a yellow bikini stretched over her nappy, was held up for the photo by an adult, who is not in shot. The image soon spread around the internet, attracting criticism of Miss Simpson, who lives in Los Angeles with her fiance, Eric Johnson, 32. Claude Knights, the director of Kidscape, said yesterday: ‘It is very disturbing to see a young baby presented to the world wearing a bikini. Celebrity choices carry great influence, as can be seen by the manner in which their accessories and behaviours are copied widely. It is to be hoped that parents will understand that “baby bikinis” are totally inappropriate, and that they contribute to the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood. We should not be compromising the sanctity of our children’s early years.’ Others condemned the bikini on Twitter after seeing it online. One wrote: ‘Jessica Simpson posts a photo of her 4-month-old baby in a BIKINI – wrong wrong wrong.’
Another added: ‘A baby in a bikini?! Dear God, some people are just wrong!’ A third wrote: ‘I just saw the most ridiculously posed photo of Jessica Simpson’s baby in a bikini. Just awful. Poor poppet.’
HMMM. I’m not quite sure what to make of this. Maybe I’m being naive but I don’t see a sexualized child in this photo. Babies wear bathing suits when they go in the pool, sometimes they wear only bottoms (both girls and boys) and sometimes they go completely naked. Perhaps the problem here is that Jessica chose to share this photo with the the world on national television but, again, I don’t personally see the harm. Am I wrong here? Is this photo inappropriate? If Maxwell had been shown topless, would that have been better? Worse? What do you think?